Kees Van Der Westen To Unlock Customization With The Slim Jim

Four prototypes of the Slim Jim have been rolled out thus far, debuting at the recent World of Coffee in Amsterdam. The company expects production to begin in early 2019. All images courtesy of Kees van der Westen. High-style Dutch espresso machine manufacturer Kees van der Westen has introduced its latest addition to its lineup, the Mirage Slim Jim, which revs up with the same speed-invoking, automotive aesthetic as other designs in the Kees garage, yet with a groundbreaking emphasis on [...]

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The Extraction Made by Robots Comes Recommended by Bots

While there’s risk involved in any new commercial endeavor, people who argue that coffee is somehow “recession-proof” got some fresh evidence for their case in Greece this week, when Xinhua reported that specialty coffee consumption is sharply rising, despite the nation’s troubled economy: For the last eight consecutive years, most of the enterprises involved in the coffee industry have succeeded in developing against all the odds due to the financial crisis. “Within the last five years more than 50 new coffee [...]

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Grilled Chicken Tacos

[unable to retrieve full-text content] These easy Grilled Chicken Tacos are a staple in our house since we literally would be happy eating tacos every night. Lately, we have been rotating between this recipe, these simple Steak Tacos, and this yummy Taco Soup. It’s healthy Mexican at its best and is sure to make the whole family happy. Making grilled chicken tacos in the summer is something we do all the time whether it is for our own dinner or when we have friends [...]

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12 Signs He Wants to Cheat with You: What Do You Want to Do Now?

You know he has a girlfriend, but there’s something about him that makes you question his feelings for you. Maybe these signs he wants to cheat with you? Having a girlfriend doesn’t mean he’s faithful. Are you unsure of his motive or what his behavior means? Maybe he just wants to be friends. So, it’s time you stopped questioning yourself and understood the signs he wants to cheat with you or not. Once you figure it out, then it’s your choice [...]

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Cellulite Coffee Scrub + How to Fake a Tan

Do you fake tan at home? I’m going to Disney World next week and the thought of exposing my legs after they’ve been hibernating all winter is a little scary. Scary, people. My problem is finding a happy medium – they are either so white they could blind an unsuspecting tourist or glowing like an oompa loompa. To get ready for the trip I’ve been using natural self-tanner and following these steps after every shower to avoid disaster: Shower and exfoliate. [...]

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12 Mushroom Skin Care Products That Work Like Magic

Beauty has been going green in more ways than one. In addition to more vegan, cruelty-free products, we’re seeing ones that are packed with superfoods plus fruits and vegetables. Similar to food and wellness trends, there are certain buzzy ingredients that seem to be everywhere. Watermelon is one of the hottest ingredients for summer, with the juicy fruit showing up in everything from masks to serums. Pomegranate, avocado and almost every leafy green have enjoyed their time in the [...]

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Starbucks Health Plan Covers More Procedures for Transgender Employees

Starbucks press photo. Starbucks has announced that it is expanding its health insurance plans to include numerous procedures for transgender employees that are commonly classified by insurers as “cosmetic,” and therefore not subject to coverage. The company’s health insurance plans have covered gender reassignment surgery since 2012, but the new plan includes procedures such as breast reduction or augmentation, facial feminization, hair transplants, electrolysis for hair removal and more, according to a company announcement this week. “The approach was driven not just [...]

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Yves Saint Laurent's First Fragrance: Y (1964)

Research sketch of the bottle for the fragrance Y, 1964  © Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris It was Paul Poiret who first established that special bond between the designs of haute couture with scent at the beginning of the 20th century. The designer fragrance was meant as an accomplishment of the couturier's spirit, as well as the woman-in-question's finished look. Most people, however, associate Cabrielle Coco Chanel with that apex of the fusion between a fashion brand and perfume; her [...]

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June Coffee Date

  For the last five days, I’ve been ice-jumping, photographing, and eating my way around the state of Minnesota with our California friends! Let’s introduce –> Brad and Kirstin are friends that we met in Cebu (yeah, like Cebu City in the Philippines) because they were living and serving there during the same time that we were. Ironically, last year at this exact same time we were doing a similar little trip but on motorcycle and in the tropics [...]

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Green Importer Trabocca Moves to 1-Bag Minimum with MyTrabocca Ordering Portal

Screenshot of the MyTrabocca online ordering portal login page. Ethiopia specialist green coffee importer Trabocca has launched MyTrabocca (registration required), a new ordering portal that gives roasters worldwide the opportunity to order quantities as small as one 60-kilo bag. The Dutch company, which maintains trading and logistics operations in the United States, previously required a minimum order of one pallet, but said the new, much smaller minimum was in response to demand from small-quantity roasters seeking access to high-quality coffees. The company launched the [...]

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